Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy at The Carruth Center

Pediatric occupational therapy services in a fun, play-based environment

In order to increase independent function, enhance development, and prevent long-lasting disability, occupational therapists direct an individual to participate in tasks of self-care, and work and play activities. Children who have a developmental or learning disability, cognitive impairment, or psychosocial dysfunction can benefit from OT. Among other things, occupational therapists often work with children who demonstrate difficulties with sensory processing and sensory integration, as well as gross and fine motor strength, planning and coordination.

Occupational therapy may be recommended if a child has trouble with:

  • Sensory processing:
    • Over-responsivity and/or under-responsivity to input: touch, movement, positional changes, tastes, textures, smells, noises
    • Behavioral concerns: organization, attention, impulsivity, safety awareness, task completion, withdrawal, aggression
  • Fine motor skills, including grasping, precision, manipulation
  • Visual-perceptual-motor skills, including handwriting
  • Self-help skills, including feeding, dressing, grooming, toileting, manipulating fasteners
  • Motor planning and body awareness, including initiating/executing tasks, developing functional play skills, tolerating changes in routines or transitions
  • Balance and postural strength/stability which are needed to sustain upright and seated postures for functional tasks (eating, doing homework/schoolwork, self-help tasks)
  • Bilateral coordination, strength and endurance, including jumping, running, climbing, gross motor tasks
  • Eye-hand coordination and visual tracking, including, ball skills, tracking objects smoothly

Our Therapists

Intake Packet

Download the Occupational Therapy Intake Packet (PDF)